Was the World Cup Worth It for Brazil?

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Brazil's fans react during a public viewing event at a street in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup semifinal match (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty)

Yesterday was a tough day for Brazil. Team Brazil lost to Germany 1-7 in The World Cup semi-finals. The upset is especially heavy, given that the country invested greatly in hosting the 2014 World Cup games -- more than $11 billion.

Brazil is often referred to as the Mecca of Football, with a huge fanbase that transcends racial and economic divisions. But the World Cup this year excluded and sometimes even displaced large numbers of Brazilians, heightening racial and class tensions.

After such a defeat, and such expenditures, was the World Cup worth it for Brazil?

Guilherme Rocha, a Brazilian soccer fan, weighs in on the devastating loss yesterday and what it means for Brazil. We also hear from the biggest Germany soccer fan we know, John Schaefer, host of  "Soundcheck" and "New Sounds."


Vincent Bevins and Sergio Gordilho

Produced by:

Tyler Adams


Megan Quellhorst

Comments [4]


This whole thing assumes that if Brazil had won then all the money, displacement, and lives lost building stadiums were worth it.

Jul. 09 2014 05:03 PM
tom LI

I find the lack of reports about any violence surrounding the World Cup in Brazil to be very suspicious. Is the foreign press being censored, or censoring themselves? Or will it be a week after this ridiculously long spectacle (its like the interminable US hockey playoffs and finals)ends that we hear about all the problems...?

Jul. 09 2014 04:03 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brazilians to adopt American style Football.

More shocking than Brazil losing was listening to John Shaefer being such a soccer analytic fanatic. I've been listening to his "New Sounds" show for I guess close to 30 years, and I never would have thought of him as a fanatic for any sport, let alone Soccer.How does he have time to do what he does?

Live and learn. Live and learn.

Jul. 09 2014 12:37 PM

Huge sporting extravaganzas like the Olympics and the World Cup never seem to be good or worth it for the hosting countries (especially poor countries). Every time we hear about these events, it's always accompanied by reports on the disappointment of the locals that they were NOT enriched during the event and that the hosting country will be indebted for a long time. I cannot understand why ANY country would want to choose to be in serious debt and seriously disrupted during the event.

Jul. 09 2014 09:28 AM

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